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Arapesh, Bumbita

A language of Papua New Guinea

ISO 639-3: aon

Population 4,335 (2003 SIL).
Region East Sepik Province, Maprik District, Torricelli Mountains, south of Wom, 13 villages.
Alternate names   Weri
Dialects Bonahoi, Urita, Timingir, Weril, Werir. Weril and Werir are inherently intelligible to each other's speakers. Lexical similarity 21% with Southern Arapesh, 30% with Bukiyip.
Classification Torricelli, Kombio-Arapesh, Arapesh
Language use 40% to 60% of the ethnic group speaks Bumbita. Middle-aged and older speakers use Bumbita, and in 2 villages younger members use it. Elsewhere younger members mainly use Tok Pisin. Speakers also use Tok Pisin.
Language development Literacy rate in first language: 15% to 25%. Literacy rate in second language: 25% to 50%. For beginning literacy Weril and Werir use different materials.
Comments Mountain slope. Agriculturalists: taro, tobacco; animal husbandry: pigs.